Scipione del Ferro

1465 - 1526

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Scipione del Ferro (6 February 1465 – 5 November 1526) was an Italian mathematician who first discovered a method to solve the depressed cubic equation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Scipione del Ferro has received more than 64,130 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Scipione del Ferro is the 129th most popular mathematician (up from 169th in 2019), the 940th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,132nd in 2019) and the 14th most popular Italian Mathematician.

Scipione del ferro is most famous for his discovery of the law of the lever. The law of the lever states that when two objects are in equilibrium, the force needed to move one object is equal to the force needed to move the other object.

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Among mathematicians, Scipione del Ferro ranks 129 out of 828Before him are Theon of Alexandria, Thābit ibn Qurra, William Oughtred, Marian Rejewski, Joseph Liouville, and Grigori Perelman. After him are Vincenzo Viviani, Aleksandr Lyapunov, Sophus Lie, Andrew Wiles, Liu Hui, and Henri Lebesgue.

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Among people born in 1465, Scipione del Ferro ranks 3Before him are Vittore Carpaccio and Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. After him are Kunigunde of Austria, Mehmed I Giray, Philibert I, Duke of Savoy, Hans Holbein the Elder, Gil Vicente, Johann von Staupitz, Paulo da Gama, Bramantino, and Agostino Chigi. Among people deceased in 1526, Scipione del Ferro ranks 6Before him are Louis II of Hungary, Juan Sebastián Elcano, Vittore Carpaccio, Isabella of Austria, and Giovanni dalle Bande Nere. After him are Ibrahim Lodi, Emperor Go-Kashiwabara, Rodrigo de Triana, Elisabetta Gonzaga, Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, and Shō Shin.

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Among people born in Italy, Scipione del Ferro ranks 940 out of 4,088Before him are Alberto Sordi (1920), Francesco II Sforza (1495), Eleonora Gonzaga (1630), Beatrice of Naples (1457), Pietro Pomponazzi (1462), and Theognis of Megara (-570). After him are Erasmo of Narni (1370), Nina Ricci (1883), Beatrice Cenci (1577), Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo (5), Prince Napoléon Bonaparte (1822), and Salvatore Quasimodo (1901).


Among mathematicians born in Italy, Scipione del Ferro ranks 14Before him are Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia (1499), Philolaus (-470), Giuseppe Peano (1858), Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598), Lodovico Ferrari (1522), and Giambattista della Porta (1535). After him are Vincenzo Viviani (1622), Aloysius Lilius (1510), Vito Volterra (1860), Rafael Bombelli (1526), Giovanni Ceva (1647), and Paolo Ruffini (1765).